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Does God Hear Me?

Does God Hear Me?

“Mama, I was afraid I was going to have bad dreams last night so I prayed to God.” My then five-year-old had my attention. I stopped folding laundry and turned to face her.

“Before I asked Him to give me good dreams, I said, ‘God could you please help us sell our house? And could you please help Mary Ann to get better?’ And then I told Him, ‘And God, would You please let me have good dreams because sometimes I don’t feel like You even hear me.’”

Grace went on to tell God she wanted to dream about living in Candyland or living in a unicorn land where you could ride a unicorn every day. I listened with tears in my eyes. I was touched she thought to pray for the sale of our home; she knew it was constantly on her mommy and daddy’s minds. And she prayed for my best friend with cancer.

But Grace touched on a topic that all of us feel from time to time – like God doesn’t hear us. As a parent I offer a lot of prayers.

Would you please surround my children with good friends?

Please be with her as she tries out for cheerleading.

Lord, please let this fever pass.

Guard his mind, God.

Let the baby sleep through the night.

But sometimes it feels like God doesn’t hear. I explained to Grace that sometimes when she is all the way up in her room and I call her, she doesn’t hear me. But when she moves closer to me, it’s easier to hear what I am saying to her.

It’s the same way with God. Occasionally, God is silent when we pray because His answer is wait. But many times, we don’t hear God because we aren’t close enough to hear His voice. “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8 NKJV)

If you are struggling right now, follow the lead of my little girl and pray. Tell God what is on your heart. And if you don’t feel like He hears you, be honest with Him about that, too.

“I love the Lord, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live.” Psalm 116:1-2 NIV

By: Carol Hatcher is a former elementary teacher turned writer. This sassy southern author and speaker lives with her husband and three children in Georgia. Come visit her at

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